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Chelsea

 By Phil Lythell

Cesc Fabregas escapes big ban for Chelsea as common sense prevails

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho criticised referee Mike Jones after sending off Cesc Fabregas for violent conduct in the match against West Brom.

It is not a phrase uttered often these days but the Football Association have applied a piece of common sense regarding Cesc Fabregas' bizarre red card against West Brom on Monday night, reducing the suspension to just one match.

The decision to truncate the Spaniard's ban emanated from the Independent Regulatory Commission, who clearly agreed with the wider football world and accepted Chelsea's appeal against what they saw as excessive punishment.

Given some of the wild challenges that have failed...

 By Mark Worrall

Mourinho preparing Chelsea for silly season as transfer window looms

The ESPN FC panel talk about the best and the worst transfers in the Premier League this season.

It's been a great season for Chelsea. Jose Mourinho's quest for silverware yielded the greatest prize of all, the Premier League title, and the Portuguese also masterminded glory at Wembley in the Capital One Cup final. Owner Roman Abramovich has been all smiles at Stamford Bridge of late, a sign the Russian is pleased with what his manager has achieved since rehiring him almost two years ago.

Far from being satisfied, though, Abramovich will want more next term. He will also task Mourinho with...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Chelsea's Cesc Fabregas sees suspension reduced to one game

Former Premier League ref Peter Walton discusses Cesc Fabregas' bizarre red card, where the entire crew are in agreement with the red card.
Jose Mourinho is shocked by Cesc Fabregas red card against West Bromwich Albion.
The ESPN FC crew react to Cesc Fabregas' bizarre red card against West Brom, as Chelsea fell 3-0 to the Baggies.

The FA has reduced Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas' suspension to one match following his red card against West Bromwich Albion.

Fabregas had been sent off during Chelsea's 3-0 defeat at The Hawthorns on Monday night for kicking a ball at West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt.

The incident occurred following a melee in the West Brom penalty area that had seen striker Diego Costa being booked for grappling with Baggies defender Gareth McAuley.

A statement on the FA's official website read: "A claim by...

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho: 'Campaign' is not a nice word

ESPN FC's Ross Dyer and Alejandro Moreno wonder if Jose Mourinho should have won more during his time at Real Madrid.
The ESPN FC panel talk about Cesc Fabregas' ban after he got a red card against West Bromwich Albion, where Shaka Hislop and Stuart Holden believe his ban reduced to one match is fair.

LONDON -- Jose Mourinho suggested he may have gone too far in claiming there was a "campaign" against Chelsea this season.

The Chelsea manager lambasted referees in December and said he felt there was a campaign to influence decisions against his team.

He also blamed Sky Sports pundits when Diego Costa received a retrospective three-man ban for stamping in Chelsea's Capital One Cup semifinal success over Liverpool in January.

In February, he made an appearance on Sky Sports' "Goals on Sunday" programme...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Petr Cech is perfect replacement for David De Gea at Man United - Scholes

Former Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel believes David De Gea should be allowed to leave if he wants.

Paul Scholes believes Petr Cech would be the ideal signing for Manchester United should they lose David De Gea this summer.

De Gea has been linked with a big-money move to Real Madrid, having yet to sign the new contract offered to him by United.

Cech, meanwhile, is set to leave Chelsea this summer after losing his first-team place to Thibaut Courtois, and his agent has said the Czech Republic international is keen to join one of United, Arsenal or Paris Saint-Germain.

"If De Gea does go, United...